Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common European wild pigeon (Columba aenas).
  • n. Any of various related species, such as the Indian stockdove (Palumbaena eversmanni).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common European wild pigeon (Columba ænas), so called because at one time believed to be the stock of the domestic pigeon, or, according to some, from its breeding in the stocks, or trunks, of trees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wild pigeon of Europe, Columba ænas.

Etymologies

stock +‎ dove, because once believed to be the stock of the domestic pigeon, or perhaps from its breeding in the stocks (trunks) of trees. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro’ the glen, 5

    Song-Sweet Afton

  • His dread was lest she should think fit to return to Alderworth, and in that dread his eyes, with all the inquisitiveness of affection, frequently sought her face when she was not observing him, as he would have watched the head of a stockdove to learn if it contemplated flight.

    The Return of the Native

  • The wild pigeon, or stockdove, is the parent whence all the varieties of the domestic pigeon are derived.

    The Book of Household Management

  • Buffon enumerates upwards of thirty varieties of the pigeon, which he derives from one root, — viz. the stockdove, or common wild pigeon.

    The Book of Household Management

  • The stockdove, in its wild state, is still found in some parts of

    The Book of Household Management

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